Griffin Allen Brooks
STAMFORD — Griffin Allen Brooks, 94, of Stamford, passed away April 13, 2013.
He was born on a dairy farm April 7, 1919, in Meshoppen, Pa., to two very proud parents, Ethel and Walter Brooks.
After graduating from high school in Springville, Pa., in 1937, Griffin attended Scranton Keystone Junior College for one year. From there he moved on to Delhi Tech and graduated with a degree in animal husbandry in 1940. While at Delhi Tech, Griffin was a member and president of the Theta Gamma Fraternity.
During his time there, Griffin met Frances McClelland, a 1941 graduate of institutional management, and married her soon after graduation. They were married on Nov. 1, 1941, at the Stamford Presbyterian Church.
Griffin had many opportunities to pursue after graduation; however, he and his wife, Frances, purchased her father’s chicken farm to raise and process poultry and sell eggs to the locals and local businesses. After a decline in poultry farming in upstate New York, Griffin and Frances began to search for other sources of income. They started barbecuing chicken halves at the farm on the weekends.
From there, they had a concession stand at the DEL-SE-GO Drive-In along with a driving range and miniature golf course. This location was short-lived, as they evolved the business and opened up the first restaurant near the present location today.
Little did they know at the time, they were setting the foundation for what Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q has become today, a successful three-generation family-owned and -operated business.
Besides the passion for the business and the love and pride for his family, Griffin was a man of many interests, many hobbies and many talents. When it comes to a true outdoorsman and conservationist, Griffin was just that.
He enjoyed teaching others about hunting just as much as he enjoyed hunting. He was always the first one to go out in the woods and the last to come in at the end of the day. Griffin hunted most all of the local areas, including Stamford and his son’s hunting camp in Middlefield, as well as areas in the Adirondacks at their camp. Griffin was also a member of the Cross Brook Hunting Club. He has also hunted and been on hunting trips in North Dakota, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho and British Columbia, Canada.